Afflalo to Start in season opener

by | Nov 1, 2007 | 11 comments

According to ESPN Afflalo will start tonight for the Pistons.

“Detroit Pistons guard Richard Hamilton will miss the team’s season-opener at Miami on Thursday because of a family emergency and rookie Arron Afflalo was expected to start in his place.

Hamilton could rejoin the Pistons in Orlando on Friday, coach Flip Saunders said.”

Thanks to Grand E. for the quick link.


  1. dirge

    I hope Rip’s family is okay. Obviously it is something serious if he’s missing the opening game.

    I hope Afflalo shows teams what they missed in the draft, too!

  2. ktl

    Best wishes to Rip and his family.
    Affalo gets his first shot at glory. D-Wade is out so it shouldn’t be that hard for the Pistons….Should it?
    Did you see any highlights of the Hornets game; there were so many empty seats in that building, it looked like joe louis arena!
    Since the Pistons are approaching 200 straight sellouts….When was the last time that the Pistons didn’t sell out a game? GO Pistons!!!

  3. Calvin's got a job

    I like Afflalo getting his shot tonight. He’s going to help us get back to our nasty hard nosed D days..

    Rip’ll rejoin the team for the Magic game on Friday and tear it up

    The heat dumped a lot in the offseason (Kapno, Walker) but will ultimately live and die by how well Shaq plays until Wade gets back

  4. dirge

    Ricky Davis can’t be overlooked. He gives the Heat some more breathing room while Wade is recovering. I think the loss of Kopono is bigger than they believe given how well he fit, as a scorer at least, alongside Shaq and Wade.

    I think Billups is going to have his way with Milk Dud, so all eyes will be on the Shaq/Haslem pairing to see how they deal with Sheed and Dice. I really think they’ll struggle to contain our inside players, but we’ll pay with Shaq’s post game. They are one of the very few teams that can hurt the Pistons inside, but I think it’s a worthwhile risk–letting go of some veteran big men to give our young players a chance. Whatever you want to say about the team, the Pistons have gotten faster in the offseason, and I expect they’re up-tempo bench players will give teams a very different group to guard while the starters get a breather.

    Go Pistons!

    By the way, being out here in Seattle kind of stinks; I got to watch Durant shoot about 25% on his opening night. *Shudders* On the plus side, I won’t be digging out my car this winter 🙂

  5. claire

    omg, i hope Rip’s family is okay. best wishes to him and his family. I can’t wait til he comes back though!! Hope Afflalo rips it up tonight!

  6. jess

    I hope RIP and his family is ok and I hope Afflalo comes out with sparks.

    CANT WAIT!!!!

  7. Austin

    everyone keep rip and his family in your prayers please it must be serious. Family situations can be so serious sometimes.when i was 11 it was a thursday and i was haveing a great day then i heard insane crying from my moms room so i asked her what was wrong she said my dad was dead i never saw it coming…so keep rip in your prayers it can be serious this has nothing to do with basketball

  8. Anonymous

    Hmm I wonder why Flip Murray isn’t starting, I love Afflalo and all but I thought Murray was the primary backup at SG?

  9. Natalie

    Austin… Sorry

  10. ktl

    Did Flip Murray really prove anything last year? Austin, sorry to hear that. I was wondering…..who did the heat trade away for to get Ricky Davis?

  11. Anonymous

    guys it’s not a family emergency i think his girlfriend TJ had a baby


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